Currently, there is no single fat replacer that "does it all." The most successful approach to fat replacement may prove to be the "systems approach" that combines the features of various fat replacers to achieve the optimal taste and function in a particular food. In the future, the ideal fat replacer—whether a single entity or a blend of ingredients—will be one that captures the functionality and sensory qualities of fat; is calorie-free, inexpensive, and suitable for frying and cooking; and that does not interfere with drug utilization or with the absorption of other nutrients. Manufacturers may seek to promote other health benefits of certain fat replacers. For example, Oatrim and the soon-to-be-available Nu-trim, both developed by the USDA, contain /?-glucan, the soluble fiber in oats and barley that lowers blood cholesterol.

Although an impressive number of fat-modified products are introduced every year, relatively few succeed. Until consumers are content with the taste and cost of fat-modified foods, their use will not be widespread, and their long-term impact on everyday eating habits and the health of the U.S. population will be difficult to measure. It is clear, however, that when used properly, fat-modified foods have the potential to play an important role in reducing both calories and fat (see Table 9). As the American Dietetic Association notes in its 1998 position paper on fat replacers:

"Reduced-fat products can ... be used to expand the diversity and volume of foods that can be consumed while maintaining a given level of energy consumption Safe and effective use of products containing fat replacers should be facilitated through efforts to improve consumer understanding of labeling information, the importance of food preparation practices, portion size and eating frequency control, and the relationship between energy expenditure and total energy balance." (5)

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